A Call For Works : TEXTILE 11 / KAUNAS BIENNIAL , LITHUANIA
GEORGE MACIUNAS AND BEYOND : FLUXUS NEVER STOPS OPENS OCTOBER 2011
In conjunction with the Kaunas Biennial, I have been asked to curate an exhibition relating to the history and current activities of FLUXUS artists and affiliates. The concept for the show is as broad as you can make it. The show’s title “GEORGE MACIUNAS AND BEYOND : FLUXUS NEVER STOPS” relates in part to an homage of George in his hometown, Kaunas, and a celebration of his “local hero” status, as well as an exposure of continuity in the FLUXUS community . ( In the struggle to find an appropriate title for the show, I have to tip my hat to Ben Vautier, as I snagged the second half from his newsletter title last month . ) Thank You, Ben.
To achieve this, I’m calling on you to send a small, or easily transportable work to represent you in this exhibition. The Kaunas Biennial is a Fibers / Textile based exhibition, but don’t let that put any limits on your interpretation. Works to be sent could include Sound, Video, Books, Boxworks, Installed work, Etc.. just remember to keep it light weight and compact for shipping, as I’ll be cataloging, crating and shipping everything from my workspace in St. Louis.
As this is a Curated Exhibition, I’ve put this call for work out to artists directly associated with FLUXUS in its first, second, and current generations, but I’m sure that I’ve not contacted everyone who should be represented. As one of the more recent artists to be working in flux, I’ve had little opportunity yet to be in contact with many of you, and my thanks go to Larry Miller for helping me to distribute this call throughout the community. As well, if you know of others who should be included in this show, Please forward the information on to them.
In addition to the exhibition, and in the spirit of the “Eternal Network”, I will be listing an open call for Mail Art to be exhibited concurrently. This will allow for a much more open feel to the show, without limits of who can participate, and will allow for additional interpretation on current states of flux.
The exhibition will open on October 4th, 2011, with a week of FLUXUS Performance and Activities. Two other artists from the U.S. have already committed to join me in Kaunas, and the invitation is open to anyone who would like to join us there. As the budget for the show is small, I’m sorry that there would be no stipend or travel expenses, but I’m sure that we could find some lodging, although that may be in the form of a shared room or a couch. If you can get there, we will make it work ! Also, If you have a particular score that you would like to have performed, send a copy, and we’ll make sure that it is included.
Following the Biennial in Kaunas the works will tour, I am currently trying to schedule stops in Hungary, Germany, and New York throughout 2012, If you know of an additional venue, please forward the information and I will make contact.
Thank you all in advance, I’m sure that we can make this a fun and informative show, as well as a wonderful tribute to George, in his own hometown.
- Keith A. Buchholz
SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS :
Please send your work along with a brief biography ( 3- 4 paragraphs ) which will be published in the catalog. Upon arrival, all works will be unpacked and re-crated for travel to Lithuania. Please include clear instructions for display or installation of your work. If you are sending Video or Audio works, please send me an e-mail in advance, so that I can let them know what we’ll need in equipment.
DEADLINE FOR SENDING WORKS IS JUNE 31ST, 2011 *** EXTENDED TO JULY 15th ***
SHIP TO :
KAUNAS BIENNIAL / FLUXUS
c/o Keith A. Buchholz / curator
St. Louis, Mo. 63118
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Keith A. Buchholz
Saint Louis, Mo. 63118
U. S. A.
Ph : 1-314-276-4802